B.S. in Nutrition (Dietetics)
TWU’s bachelor of science in Nutrition with an emphasis in dietetics prepares you for a career as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In this program, you will learn the principles of food and nutrition sciences, as well as how to create and manage quality nutrition programs.
This degree program is offered at TWU’s Denton campus, with a few courses available online.
Careers & Salaries
There are many career opportunities for RDNs. Specific jobs in this field include:
- Clinical dietitians in hospitals, HMOs, long-term care facilities and outpatient clinics
- Community dietitians for programs such as Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
- Sports nutritionists for professional and college teams, as well as fitness facilities and schools
- Food service managers
- Private practitioners
Salaries in these professions vary widely. Payscale.com currently lists a median annual income of $50,000 for registered dietitians. The job outlook in this field is growing.
Why Nutrition at TWU?
Our faculty members focus on your individual needs to succeed in the program. This support continues as advisors guide you as you get ready for your dietetic internship. We even offer a course (NFS 4701 Dietetics as a Professional) that walks you through the internship registration and application steps, which we know can be confusing.
The TWU dietetics program provides the right balance of both academic and career development. In fact, our graduates have a 95 percent one-year pass rate on the national RDN exam.
Our degree program includes the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD), which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Admission to TWU does not guarantee admission to the dietetics program. As a TWU student, you will take core courses your first two years. Students who want to major in dietetics must:
- Complete all lower level courses before progressing to upper level courses
- Meet the grade requirements for a verification statement
- Complete NFS 2011 Intro to Dietetics
You must maintain at least a 3.25 grade point average to apply to the dietetics program.
Once accepted into the dietetics program, you will take upper level courses that focus on nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, food service management and food science. As a full-time student, you can complete the coursework for this bachelor’s degree within four years.
You will also need to complete a dietetic internship, which takes 6-24 months. As an internship applicant, you must have a competitive GPA, leadership experience, work or volunteer experience in areas related to dietetics and letters of recommendation.
To become an RDN, you need to pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians, which you will take after completing your internship.
If you are interested in pursuing a master's of nutrition, TWU offers a combined master's degree/internship program in dietetics. At the end of six years, you can earn your bachelor's and master's degrees and be qualified to sit for the national board examination to become an RDN.
The BS in Nutrition: Emphasis in Dietetics along with the dietetic internship prepares graduates to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians and apply for a license to practice through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Dietitians. Licensing of dietitians in Texas is voluntary. If you are a resident of another state, contact our department to determine whether our program fulfills requirements to apply for licensure in your home state.
How to apply
To apply to TWU, see the Admissions Office for admission requirements and application information.
To apply to the dietetics program:
- Attend DPD orientation.
- Read the Didactic Program in Nutrition & Dietetics (DPD) Student Handbook 2018-2019.
- Submit the completed DPD Application for Admission to the DPD director.
For More Information
Sherry Vanatta, M.S., RDN, LD
Page last updated 11:51 AM, April 8, 2019